Christiaan Van Vuuren

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Christiaan Van Vuuren
Born Christiaan Van Vuuren
(1982-07-06) 6 July 1982 (age 32)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Years active 25 September 2006 – present
Known for Rap Music, vlogging
Internet information
Web alias(es) The Fully Sick Rapper
Web hosting service(s) YouTube, Twitter, Facebook
Website
Christiaan Van Vuuren's channel on YouTube

Christiaan Van Vuuren is an actor and video blogger from Sydney, Australia. Van Vuuren was placed in quarantine in a Sydney hospital twice for tuberculosis. While in quarantine he produced his first video using the nickname The Fully Sick Rapper, entitled "I'm not sick, but I'm sick sick", not knowing this was merely the beginning of both worldwide popularity and half a year of quarantine. Van Vuuren's humorous videos and outlook on his medical situation have garnered attention within Australia and worldwide. He has been featured on television programs such as Nine Network's Today Show and ABC2's Australian Story.

In 2014 Van Vuuren starred with Nicholas Boshier in the television series Soul Mates;[1] the two previously collaborated on the web series Bondi Hipsters.[2]

Quarantine and The Fully Sick Rapper[edit]

Van Vuuren's first quarantine period began when he started coughing up blood and an x-ray revealed a hole in his lung: he was admitted to hospital on 9 December 2009 and placed in isolation on 11 December 2009. This first period of quarantine ended on 2 January 2010. Van Vuuren was re-admitted on 18 January 2010 when his tuberculosis proved resistant to medication. He was finally released from quarantine on 28 June 2010 after producing many more videos about his experience in isolation. His videos recorded as The Fully Sick Rapper while quarantined received nearly one million hits and led to the World Health Organization (WHO) contacting him to help promote World Tuberculosis Day.[3] His Facebook page has attracted over 14,000 people.[4]

Videos[edit]

As of 6 December 2010, Van Vuuren has 21 videos available on his YouTube channel. His web series Bondi Hipsters has helped views of his videos to reach over 4 million as of May 2012.[5] His stuntman brother helps him to write webisodes.[6]

As of 30 May 2010, he also performs 'Rap-Up' of the week's local news for New Zealand's Campbell Live current affairs show.

In September 2010 Van Vuuren participated in the "30 Days Has September" initiative of The Ted Noffs Foundation Inc. During each day of September 2010, he recorded "new activities, experiences and mischief making" [7] in order to raise money for the foundation.

Television[edit]

In 2014 Van Vuuren starred with Nicholas Boshier in the ABC2 television series Soul Mates; the two had previously collaborated on the web series Bondi Hipsters.[1][2]

In September 2014 Van Vuuren was featured in an episode of the Australian Story documentary series.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Visentin, Lisa (15 October 2014). "From Bondi Hipsters to Soul Mates". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Evans, Mel (2 November 2014). "The Hip List: Bondi Hipsters Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier, aka Dom and Adrian, are Soul Mates". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Malkin, Bonnie (19 April 2010). "TB sufferer becomes YouTube sensation". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Burnett, Thane (20 April 2010). "TB-infected salesman's raps go viral". Toronto Star. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ever hear of Bondi Beach? You will soon thanks to these two hipsters"
  6. ^ "Sick Aussie rapper becomes global hit". CBC News. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fully Sick Rapper's 30 Days of September". Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Forsythe, Abe (1 September 2014). "Out Of The Shoebox" (HTML). Australian Story. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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